Governing Body

The Governing Body is the International Board of the European Youth Parliament which represents the interests of the network.

The Governing Body of the European Youth Parliament, Riga, July 2022.

The responsibilities of the Governing Body (GB) include ensuring the strategic development of the organisation, facilitating the work of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) on the international level, and overseeing the annual International Sessions. In collaboration with the National Committees and EYP members, it establishes guidelines that ensure the quality and safety of our activities.

The six members of the Governing Body are elected by the National Committees as well as EYP members on different dates, to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities and expertise. A representative of the Schwarzkopf Foundation, as well as the EYP’s Executive Director, are part of the international board. The EYP’s Executive Director participates in every meeting.

Members of the Governing Body 2022

  • Janis Fifka

    Germany
    “Being a member of the Governing Body allows me to learn a lot about organisational development and contribute to the processes that combine creative problem-solving, innovative approaches and meeting the needs of everyone in our network. To shape the EYP, in which I myself have grown for a decade now, is really something extraordinary.”
  • Milica Mijatović

    Serbia
    “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to help shape this wonderful Organisation. As a Governing Body Member, I aim to help young people all over Europe claim their spot in this grand mosaic of changes, opportunities, and projects. I am happy to support young changemakers and represent EYP values.”
  • Lira Mikayelyan

    Armenia
    “I am delighted to join the Governing Body and contribute to the continuous development of the Network which so many young individuals call a life-changing experience. It is my greatest honour to put my experience and dedication into shaping the organisation which supports the efforts of young Europeans to become active citizens, develop personally and professionally as well as be inspired by diversity.”
  • Jarne van der Poel

    the Netherlands
    "I am thrilled to be part of the Governing Body of the European Youth Parliament because it means I get to work with members, volunteers, and staff from all over Europe on something I truly believe in: giving young people the tools to claim their place, make their voices heard, and come together across borders to make a change."
  • Annelou Snippe

    the Netherlands
    “As a member of the Governing Body, I am excited to help shape our network’s long-term vision and the way the organisation will look in the future. Being able to contribute to the impact EYP has around Europe whilst learning and growing in this role is an invaluable opportunity for me. Furthermore, playing a part in the organisation's development towards being more accessible and welfare-friendly is close to my heart.”
  • Güneş Uğuz

    Türkiye
    “EYP always offers new opportunities for everyone to discover the world around us, develop and empower themselves to create a positive impact. Being a part of the Governing Body is a truly inspiring chance to work with the young people all around the EYP network, widen and improve our organisation. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the network by forming stronger bonds and enhancing the cooperation between the members, alumni and National Committees.”
  • Pauline Chetail

    Executive Director, European Youth Parliament
  • Anya Suprunenko

    Executive Director European Youth Parliament, on maternity leave
  • André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf

    Interim Executive Director of the Schwarzkopf-Foundation Young Europe